Allan Life

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Associate Professor Emeritus

In most of his scholarship, Allan Life has explored the relationship between literature and visual art. An interest in the visual portrayal of dance and music has led him to study aspects of medieval South Indian sculpture; in 1995 he was a Senior Fellow of the American Institute of Indian Studies. In recent years he has concentrated on Pre-Raphaelitism, especially on Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his associates. He served as co-editor of The Correspondence of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, vols. 4-6 (2004-2006); in volume 6, he annotated all references to Rossetti's activities as a painter.

He is now researching a book-length critical study of the American illustrator Trina Schart Hyman.

Recent publications:

"Scenes and Types of India - with a difference: Picture Postcards by M. V. Dhurandhar." Visual Resources: An International Journal of Documentation, 17 (Winter 2001), 401-416.

"Scheherazade's 'Special Artist': Illustrations by Arthur Boyd Houghton for The Thousand and One Nights." In Haunted Texts: Studies in Pre-Raphaelitism, ed. David Latham (University of Toronto Press, 2003), 145-175.

"Introduction: William E. Fredeman as the Editor of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. A Reminiscence." The Correspondence of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2003), 3: vii-xix.

"The Oil Versions of Rossetti's Proserpine." The Correspondence of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2006) [Appendix 2], 6: 588-604.

[with Page Life] "Monna Innominata: Alexa Wilding." The Correspondence of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2006), [Appendix 3], 6: 605-645.

[with Page Life] "'Scattered to the Four Winds': The Lost Days of Clara Vaughan Morgan and Charles Augustus Howell." The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies, 16 (Spring 2007), 59-83.

[with Page Life] "Leonard Rowe Valpy: Patron of Samuel Palmer and Dante Rossetti, Part 1 [of 3]." The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies, 16 (Fall 2007), 28-65.

[with Page Life] "Leonard Rowe Valpy: Patron of Samuel Palmer and Dante Rossetti, Part 2 [of 3]: Rossetti Pictures Associated with Valpy: An Annotated Catalogue." The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies, 17 (Spring 2008), 36-72.

[with Page Life] “Leonard Rowe Valpy: Patron of Samuel Palmer and Dante Rossetti, Part 3 [of 3]: Valpy’s Tribute to Dante Rossetti.”  The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies, 17 (Fall 2008), 5-35.

[with Page Life]  “North versus North: William North (1825-1854) in Light of New Documentation.” Victorian Newsletter, no. 115 (Spring 2009), 55-94.

[with Page Life and Patrick Scott] “A Preliminary Checklist of Writings by and about William North (1825-1854)."  Victorian Newsletter, no. 115 (Spring 2009), 95-114.

History

Hire Date: 1974

Ph. D., University of British Columbia, 1974
M.A., University of British Columbia, 1969

Research Groups and Interests

Group V - English Literature from 1789 to 1900 (Nineteenth-Century British Literature)